Mar 24, 2017
I'm enjoying a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, which was my birthday present this year. So I am currently flying through a lot of "fun" books, aka: Timeless Fairytales and the King Arthur series by K.M. Shea.
Kaytie is reading Swallows and Amazons for school and The Book of Three and Chasing the Prophecy on her own. Because we can read more than one book at a time around here!
Nate is reading The Water Babies for school and is wrapping up The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase on his own.
Daniel is reading Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record book for school, The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for book club and How to Speak Dragonese for on his own.
Abbie is reading Rangers' Apprentice The Battle for Skandia for school, The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for book club and is starting The Tanglewood's Secret on her own.
Mar 22, 2017
Bessie's Pillow is an historical fiction book about an immigrant in the early 1900s. The book begins in Lithuania, recently taken over by the Russian Empire and we meet a young Jewish girl, Boshka, who is about to embark on adventure. Because she is Jewish, she and her family are suffering persecution as most Jews were in that time period. Her parents choose to send her to America to keep her safe. This book is the story of her journey, and her life in America.
Mar 21, 2017
- block printing
- conte' crayon
- copper tooling
- glass mosaic
- mixed media
- oil painting
- oil pastel
- silk painting
- soft pastel
- wood burning
This is what they had to say about Creating a Masterpiece:
Kaytie: I got lost a couple of times in the lessons. I finished all the parts of the lesson and the picture wasn't done and I had to find the rest of the lesson somewhere else. Actually, my brother found it for me!
I liked the way she explained the process and gave a lot of detail.
I was impressed at how well my art looked when it was done.
I liked how many different types of media were offered and how the projects were sort of adaptable and flexible.
Daniel: It was fun because I got to figure out how to use different art styles and different equipment for different needs. I liked how it was easy to make something awesome from just a few materials.
Abbie: It was fun because it is art! I loved what I could draw. The videos went too fast for me but I paused it until I could keep up. It's important to use the right supplies or your picture won't turn out right.
We thoroughly enjoyed Creating a Masterpiece, but you don't have to just take our word for it. You can try a free project or click on the banner below to read what other Crew members thought!
Mar 17, 2017
Our traditional picture. We also celebrated with green foods, grilling burgers for supper, cookies, an afternoon exploring the arboretum, and of course, leaving milk out for the leprechaun in exchange for candy. This exchange is a purely Hoggard tradition that I don't even know how exactly came to be. It just seems like something we have always done and we continue to do every year because... candy. This leprechaun gives different candy every year. This year he left Sprouts gummy bears and leftover Christmas chocolate. He is random like that.
Mar 15, 2017
We were asked to review two books from Kregel Publications. Written by Susan K. Marlow, we received two chapter books from the Andi series. We were given Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top.
These books are the first and second books in the new Andi series: Circle C Stepping Stones. Andi Carter is now nine years old and these stories are intended to appeal to older readers than the ones when she was six. There are also a couple of series where Andi is even older.
The Andi Carter books are set in California in the 1870s and 1880s. The Carter family owns a ranch which gives Andi access to horses and a wealthy lifestyle that would be uncommon in that time and place. The Carter children, (there are five of them) also enjoy a freedom that comes from their father being deceased and their mother being a relaxed parent. The older children make most of the decisions regarding Andi and her behavior. Thus, Andi enjoys many adventures and escapades. These are the stories in the books.
Andi Saddles Up tells the story of friendship tested by outside forces. Andi's family are ranchers and her new friend's family are sheepherders. This classic dispute puts pressure on the girls friendship. We also get to experience fishing trips, a broken arm, and, most importantly, learn about the value of obedience!
Andi Under the Big Top explores the excitement of a circus coming to town in the 1800s. We get to see the thrill the townspeople felt at seeing the exotic animals, the amazing performers, and the bizarre sideshows. We also get to see the hard work and dark underbelly of the "behind the scenes" as we meet Henry, a little boy who works for the circus.
Along with the books are free study guides. They are PDFs that you can print, or, you can pay for printed and bound copies if you like. The study guides are over 20 pages long and are great go-alongs for the books. They ask comprehension questions in true/false, fill-in-the-blank, or multiple choice format. They also have math activities, puzzles, language art activities, crafts, recipes, art projects and extra information that involve both science and history. The study guides turn a fun book into an enjoyable school subject if you are so inclined. Or your child could just use the guides as a fun extra to prolong the enjoyment of the book.
My ten-year-old begged me to let her review these books. She had read a Circle C Beginnings book and was eager to read more about Andi Carter. When the paperback books arrived in the mail, Abbie disappeared into her room with them and read them both in a couple of afternoons. This is what she thought:
Abbie says: They were interesting. I like how her older brothers looked after her. I thought the stories were exciting. I loved that her friend had sheep because sheep are my favorite animals. My favorite part in Andi Saddles Up is when her brother and her friend's dad decide to get along instead of fighting over land. My favorite part in Andi Under the Big Top was when Justin gave Henry the money so he wouldn't get in trouble and then an extra dime for himself.
I read them after she was done and found them to be sweet little books that teach wholesome principles about obedience, sacrifice, love, and doing the right thing, no matter what. Abbie is just beginning to blossom into a love for reading, so I am happy to have books I can hand her without concern and know she will enjoy the process and ask for more.